Healthcare technologies ‘key strengths of the Region’

Published 5th December 2016 at 4:21pm

Jason Brannan, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Healthcare Technologies Sector Group

In another in the series about people connected with the Sheffield City Region, we feature Jason Brannan of Medilink Yorkshire and Humber.

After six defining years years in the RAF, Jason Brannan opted for a completely different life. He decided to study journalism at Sheffield University, then found himself in public relations – and loving it. Today he is PR and Communications Director at Medilink Yorkshire and Humber, with a strong focus on business development, and using his life experiences to improve and grow the healthcare sector and patient care.


Medilink was founded as a University of Sheffield spin-out company 20 years ago and is now one of four Medilinks licensed across the regions of the UK. The Yorkshire and Humber region has one of the biggest clusters of medical technology companies, and the second largest concentration of digital healthcare employment in the UK.

A not-for-profit body, Medilink Yorkshire and Humber is based at Smithywood Business Park in Chapeltown, has 180 members, and works closely with 500 organisations including academics, businesses, and clinicians. It helps companies from concept through to commercialisation and nurtures collaborations between academics, clinicians and industry.

Sheffield City Region (SCR) Healthcare Technologies Sector Group

I’m delighted to chair this group. I believe the sector groups, of which there are nine in the SCR, have a vital role to play in informing the Region about their work and in helping to shape and promote the whole sector. There are some wonderful companies in the region, and the healthcare technologies world is one of the key and growing strengths of the Sheffield City Region.


I love running and am a member of the Steel City Striders Running Club. I’ve managed 19 full marathons and 129 park runs. I’m delighted to see that the parkrun organisation is now a partner with the Olympic Legacy Park and will be helping to provide the evidence for research into health and wellbeing through the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre. I particularly enjoy the Graves parkrun organised by Jo Eccles – it’s very well managed. My wife and out two children also enjoy running.

Scuba diving

I’m a keen scuba diver and have dived all around the world including the Maldives and the Red Sea. I trained at the Graves Pool in Sheffield.

Eating out

My wife and I like to take the children to Thyme or Proove in Broomhill, with English and Continental cuisine. For a special treat we will go to the Old Vicarage at Ridgeway.